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"Hobbit," "Frozen" lead box office to record year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Over the bustling post-Christmas weekend, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continued to lead the box office, landing in the No. 1 slot for the third weekend in a row.

December 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


$0.60 for cake: Al-Qaida records every expense

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) - The convoy of cars bearing the black al-Qaida flag came at high speed, and the manager of the modest grocery store thought he was about to get robbed.

December 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Israel names Palestinian prisoners to be released

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel on Sunday announced the names of 26 long-serving Palestinian prisoners it will release this week under a U.S.-brokered formula to resume Mideast peace talks.

December 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Federal health market surpasses 1 million signups

HONOLULU (AP) - A December surge propelled health care sign-ups through the government's rehabilitated website past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration said Sunday, reflecting new vigor for the problem-plagued federal insurance exchange.

December 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Former F1 champion Schumacher injured while skiing

PARIS (AP) - Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher sustained a head injury Sunday in a skiing accident in the French Alps, French authorities and his manager said.

December 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


16 killed in suicide bombing in Russia's south

MOSCOW (AP) - A suicide bomber struck a busy railway station in southern Russia on Sunday, killing at least 15 others and wounding scores more, officials said, in a stark reminder of the threat Russia is facing as it prepares to host February's Olympics in Sochi.

December 29, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Former longtime Ind. Congressman Jacobs dies at 81

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Andrew Jacobs Jr., a former longtime Indiana congressman, died Saturday afternoon, according to a family spokesman. He was 81.

December 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


A&E reverses decision on 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A&E landed in the middle of America's culture wars when "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson sounded off on gays and the Bible. The channel quickly found there was no safe ground.

December 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fire on express train in India kills at least 26

KOTHACHERUVU, India (AP) - A fire engulfed a coach of an express train in southern India on Saturday, killing at least 26 passengers, many of whom became trapped and suffocated after the doors failed to open, officials said.

December 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


The world braces for retirement crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) - A global retirement crisis is bearing down on workers of all ages.

December 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


1 protester killed in new Thai political violence

BANGKOK (AP) - Gunmen killed an anti-government activist and wounded two others in Thailand's capital on Saturday, while protesters elsewhere blocked candidates from registering for upcoming elections, deepening a political crisis that threatens to derail democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.

December 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Numbers offer complicated story of health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government churns out tons of numbers, but here's one you won't see: 0.0002. That's the percentage of estimated online visitors to healthcare.gov who actually signed up for coverage the first day.

December 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NSA phone surveillance legal, federal judge rules

NEW YORK (AP) - The debate over the National Security Agency's collection of millions of Americans' telephone records fell squarely into the courts when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the program, citing its need in the fight against terrorism, just days after another federal judge concluded it was likely unconstitutional.

December 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


High stakes for US families losing jobless benefit

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) - The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.

December 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds tell LA-based bus company to cease operations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation ordered a Los Angeles-based bus company to cease operations after federal safety investigators said they discovered its vehicles were allowed on the road with serious safety defects and its drivers were not regularly screened for drug and alcohol use.

December 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Justices rap EPA, but uphold global warming rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court largely left intact Monday the Obama administration's only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming. But a divided court also rebuked environmental regulators for taking too much authority into their own hands without congressional approval.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama encouraging family-friendly work policies

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is encouraging more employers to adopt family-friendly policies by hosting a daylong summit Monday, even though the U.S. government doesn't always set the best example.

June 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US gas prices rise slightly

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - A survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. has risen by 2 cents over the last two weeks to $3.71.

June 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


DeGeneres, Harvey are Daytime Emmy Awards winners

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Harvey and the soap opera "The Young and the Restless" were among the 41st annual Daytime Emmy winners.

June 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mormon woman facing excommunication holds vigil

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - As Kate Kelly's former church leaders met in Virginia on Sunday night to decide if she'll be ousted from her church, more than 100 supporters of the founder of a prominent Mormon women's group held a vigil in Salt Lake City.

June 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Homicide suspected in 2 California inmate deaths

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Officials say foul play is suspected in the deaths of two inmates at a federal prison in Southern California, which is on lockdown as an investigation proceeds.

June 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


'Think Like a Man' tops 'Jersey Boys' with $30M

NEW YORK (AP) - The Las Vegas ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man Too" topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood's new Four Seasons musical "Jersey Boys."

June 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Israeli military carries out airstrikes in Syria

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli warplanes bombed the Syrian military headquarters and a number of other targets inside Syria, the Israeli military said Monday, in a blistering response to a cross-border attack that left an Israeli teenager dead the previous day.

June 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Soldier killed in training exercise in California

FORT IRWIN (AP) - A soldier has died during a training exercise in Southern California.

June 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


AP IMPACT: VA falls short on female medical issues

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age.

June 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US mayors to use nature to fight climate change

HOUSTON (AP) - Mayors from the GOP-dominated states of Texas and Arizona are calling on cities to use nature to fight the impacts of climate change, even while Republican governors and lawmakers repeatedly question the science that shows human-caused pollution contributes to global warming.

June 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


College recruiting: Next promise could be paycheck

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — They come calling with promises of a good education, a chance to play on television and some of the best facilities that money can buy.

June 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Russia's Putin calls for compromise in Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly expressed support Sunday for Ukraine's declaration of a cease-fire in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and called on both sides to negotiate a compromise.

June 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


West Nile virus cases reported

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California health officials have reported that two people have been infected with West Nile virus in the state.

June 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Private memorial for Tony Gwynn held

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A private memorial service for Tony Gwynn was held on Saturday at San Diego State.

June 21, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


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